Second Sunday in Advent

Is. 11:1-10 | Ps. 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 | Rom. 15:4-9 | Mt. 3:1-12

Isaiah describes the Messiah as one filled with the Spirit of the Lord.  This Messiah will judge the poor with justice and bring about peace between people.  There will be no harm or ruin on God’s mountain because the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.  Paul’s letter to Romans tells us what was written for our instruction.  Paul asks that God enable us to live in harmony in the Spirit of Jesus Christ with one heart with all peoples giving glory to God.

The Gospel relates the lifestyle and work of John the Baptist.  He lived a rather austere life with little concern for the goods of the earth.  Because he lived with great simplicity, he was able to discern God’s work and people’s response.  Thus, he was able to confront the Pharisees and Sadducees for their hypocritical lifestyles.

Confront your own lifestyle.  How simply do you live?  Do you set time aside to hear the Word of God inviting you to live with the Spirit and to proclaim the Good News of Christ to others?  Take time to be with Christ in prayer today.

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